All bodies belong series

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All Bodies Belong in Yoga Class

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All Bodies Belong in Health

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All Bodies deserve respect

Hello! I would like to invite you to participate in a small art project for the greater good of the yoga world and acceptance of all within it.

The working title of the project is All Bodies Belong and it is a photo collection of people in yoga poses.   

More specifically, it’s a series of fun photo shoots, Yoga photographs and stories showcasing real, everyday bodies, and the stories they tell. The images highlight all different shapes, skin colors, abilities, backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, looks. Doesn’t seem like groundbreaking work, huh? Yeah, it shouldn’t be.

It’s a small step in the right direction. I want everyone to see all different types of bodies represented when researching yoga. If you Google Image Search yoga or a specific yoga pose, a barrage of images featuring thin, white women come up. Most ads and magazine present the same image. This creates a barrier to yoga for everyone else.Seeing all bodies represented when pertaining to yoga and hearing stories about other bodies experiences with yoga helps support us all on our path to health. Improving how we feel about our body, “in" our body. Accepting our bodies, others' bodies, and celebrating them all. I want these images to help encourage a more diverse community of yogis around here. I want you to participate in creating this, come to the photo shoot, share your story. Embrace and exhibit your body in your favorite yoga pose to inspire others.

Details: Please come to our first photo shoot at Studio U Photography in the New Bo Neighborhood (1203 3rd. St. SE, Cedar Rapids) http://www.studiouphotography.com/the-newbo-studio/. Heidi Eiffert is the photographer and we’re shooting in her studio. She is wonderful, this is all very laid back, and I will bring some snacks and drinks to the studio-plenty of room for everyone.

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-9 p.m. Come anytime within this window. You can be in and out in 20 minutes or stay and hang out and socialize with fellow yogis. We will accommodate you.

Darcy’s class will be at Breathing Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m., so come to that to warm up if you’d like. If you are coming to the photoshoot you can take this class free of charge. If there’s a certain pose you want to warm up for, let Darcy know.

What to wear: Please wear solid colors, that compliment your skin tone, (no logos please).  The more skin that shows the better; it’s beautiful under the lights and gives more detail. Most importantly dress in a way that you feel comfortable.

What to expect: I will be there to greet you and guide the photo shoot. You will sign a photo release form and we can discuss what pose/poses you’d like to do.

If you know someone who would be a good candidate for this project please invite them or bring them along.

There is a storytelling piece to this project. Please share a story with us!

The photo exhibit and book will be accompanied with stories told by the subjects in the photographs. The stories will not be credited to the writer unless they want to include their first name or a pen name. A story can be very short, even one sentence, maybe it’s just some words to inspire. A person’s story will not be right next to their photo. The stories will be scattered throughout, some handwritten, some typed on a typewriter or computer. The stories tell tales of barriers overcome, hard truths, liberating feelings, shame released, shit they’re still working on, wisdom, inspiration, something you want to get off your chest, etc. Try to keep the story about your body, body image, yoga practice, how yoga helped you, healing, etc. You can write your story now and email it to me or send it in later. You can write it at the photoshoot or jot down a few ideas that we can follow up on.  We will help edit and flesh out if you want or need assistance in telling your story.


My email is: breathingroomyogacr.gmail.com and my number is 241-7333  Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/all-bodies-belong

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All Bodies are made to be loved.

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